Chicago IL 60606
- Labor & Employment
- Counseling & Compliance
- Employment Litigation
- Union-Related Matters
- Education Law
- K-12 Education
- J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990
- B.A., Calvin College, 1987 (history)
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits
Sally J. Scott
Throughout her legal career, Sally has concentrated exclusively on representing management in both the private and public sectors in all aspects of labor and employment law. She has litigated matters before state and federal courts, the EEOC and state agencies relating to discrimination and civil rights claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and the enforcement of non-compete agreements. She provides day-to-day counseling to employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring to discipline or termination, and leave and accommodation issues. Sally has extensive labor experience, including negotiating numerous collective bargaining agreements and arbitrating labor disputes. She advises employers on union organizing campaigns, and defends unfair labor practice claims and prevailing wage issues. She also counsels employers on compliance with the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) regulations, guiding them through OSHA inspections, and contesting and successfully litigating OSHA citations.
Sally has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers since 2005 and Illinois Leading Lawyers since 2013. In 2011, she was also recognized in Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s annual Chicago Women in Law: Women Making An Impact, which features the achievements and accomplishments of a select number of women attorneys who are making a significant impact on the Chicago legal community.
She is currently a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, the National Council of School Attorneys, and the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association. Sally has been identified by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) as a “national educational resource” on union-related issues. She was the editor of the firm’s newsletter, Human Resources Law & Practice Forum, its client e-mail bulletins, and the publication Employment Discrimination: An Employer’s Guide.
Sally is a frequent speaker on a variety of labor and employment topics. She has been interviewed and quoted by the media on a range of topics including an interview by CBS Channel 2/Chicago on how to conduct layoffs to minimize workplace violence, and by American Medical News on ways employers can best handle medical practice layoffs.
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- Successfully represented Chicago Public Schools in four lawsuits challenging the Board of Education’s decision to close 49 schools and seeking to halt the closings. The Board prevailed on all four lawsuits, which raised state and federal issues related to school closure, employment, special education, and the rights of minority students and community members.
- Served as lead negotiator on collective bargaining agreements for teacher contracts on behalf of various school districts across the State of Illinois which have included longer work days and elimination of step schedules.
- Resolved 20 plaintiff sexual harassment lawsuit successfully on behalf of large retail employer.
- Advises both public and private sector employers on reductions in force matters, developing strategy for both internal and external communication.
- Effectively resolved religious accommodation cases against a large retail employer addressing whether employees could refuse to sell products that conflicted with their religious beliefs.
- Proved just cause to terminate long-term employee with no prior discipline for gross misconduct.
- Successfully argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of Chicago Public Schools in a historically important decision, which held that tenured teachers in the CPS system do not have a right to recall following an economic layoff.
- Continuing to Withstand Attack: Indiana Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Indiana’s Right to Work Law
- The Issue of Accommodating Pregnant Employees May Reach the Supreme Court
- The Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 Term
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